Nova Scotia's Heritage Day – 2020 – Africville


The third Monday of February each year brings us our Provincial Heritage Day. This day is our annual reminder to bring people together to honour the remarkable people, events and places in Nova Scotia’s History. This year’s Heritage Day recognizes Africville. This day also happens to fall on the 10th Anniversary of the apology to Africville. Africville holds great significance to our African Nova Scotian Community.

This day will bring light to the tragic story of displacement of and discrimination against the people of Africville. It will also bring light to the incredible sense of community, pride and heritage that the former residents of Africville still share to this day.  This pride and heritage is something to celebrate and remember. You can learn more about this tragic story here or here.

In 2004, the United Nations declared the treatment and destruction of Africville a crime against humanity. Six years later, as a part of the apology to the former residents of Africville (2010), there was a settlement provided from all three levels of government. Part of the settlement was used to rebuild a replica of the Seaview Church which now stands as the Africville Museum.

If you are fortunate enough to have the day off, you should take some time to visit the museum in Africville. The museum will be holding events on the morning of February 17, 2020:

  •       10:00am – “Sliding Through Africville” event in the Africville Park
  •       11:00am – Special dedication and announcement at the Africville Museum

 * There will also be a special ceremony honouring Africville at the Halifax International Airport at 2:00pm.


There are several additional ways to celebrate the heritage of Africville. Such as spending time with your family and friends throughout HRM. After the events are finished at the Africville Museum, you could head out all over the city for some fun family friendly events. The following is a list of activities going on during Heritage Day 2020:


      Free Family Skate at St. Margaret's Bay Centre, 2:00pm-4:00pm

This skate is put on by MLA, Iain Rankin and MLA Ben Jessome. It marks their 5th annual Heritage Day Family Skate. There will also be free hot chocolate, hot dogs and face painting. All are welcome!

      Family Fun Day with MLA Rafah Di Costanzo and the Friends of Clayton Park Society at The Canada Games Centre, 1:00pm-3:00pm

There will be an obstacle course, a musical performance by Nova Nubian Drummers and face painting, crafts, snacks and more! All are Welcome.

      Free Skate and fun in the gymnasium at the Zatzman Sportplex, 9:00am-11:00am

Celebrate one year of the Zatzman Sportsplex with us on Heritage Day! Enjoy a FREE SKATE and fun in the gymnasium with bouncy castles and a free throw competition! We'll be serving up cake and Kitchen Door will have a hot chocolate station. Bring your own skates and indoor sneakers for the gymnasium!

      Family Fun Day in Beaver Bank, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Galaxy Bounce Party: laser tag, RC racer, rock hero, board games, glitter tattoos and more! Free admission and canteen on site.

      Free Heritage Day Bowling at the Bowlarama, Bayers Road, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Join MLA Patricia Arab and MLA Lena Metlege Diab for some family fun. They will be hosting Free Family Bowling at the Bowlarama Bayers Road. There will be popcorn and drinks while supplies last. If there is a large turnout bowling will be done in two shifts of 3:30-4:30p and 4:30-5:30p. 

      Family Skate at Sackville Arena, 12:00pm-2:00pm

 Hosted by MP, Darrell Samson, please join the Lake District Recreation Centre for a free family skate on Heritage Day. There will be chili, buns, coffee and tea. 

      Family Skate at the Eastern Shore Arena, 12:00pm-1:00pm

 Please join MLA Kevin Murphy for some family fun on Heritage Day.There will be free hot dogs and hot chocolate while supplies last.


Thanks for stopping by! 


- L

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